As you would expect, the McCaw’s are ably assisted by a wider team of volunteers all committed to sharing the Gospel with the Mayo Street community.
Brian & Carole Higginson Ruth Goodwin
Brian Higginson was a member of Mayo Street Sunday School when he was 4/5 years old, being sent along with his older sister. Brian’s mother, who attended the hall for over 40 years, wanted her children to have the best possible start in life.
Brian writes “In my early years at Sunday School, the hall, which was also the local Primary School, was packed with children/young people, as then everyone attended Sunday School. In 1963, the Missionary, William Peden, asked me at the age of 16 to take a Sunday School class. So here I am, 53 years later, still teaching in the Mayo Street Hall. ”
“‘Why am I still here?’ you might ask. Well, that is easy to answer. The object of our Sunday School is the advancement of Christ’s kingdom among boys and girls, and if I, with God’s help, can do anything to accomplish that, then those years of teaching will have been worthwhile. It is rewarding to see parents and grandparents, who themselves were taught in the Sunday School, bringing their children and grandchildren along now.”
Brian’s wife Carole writes “I have been teaching in Mayo Street Sunday School for 28 years. I love being with the girls and boys, sharing with them the stories from the Bible and the love Jesus has for each one. I have been teaching in Mayo Street Sunday School for 28 years. I love being with the girls and boys, sharing with them the stories from the Bible and the love Jesus has for each one. ”
Ruth Goodwin leads the pre-school group each Sunday at Mayo Street.
Ruth writes “I have been married to William for 33 years and have two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel, plus one son-in-law Ryan!”
“I gave my heart to the Lord 47 years ago, as a girl of ten, in my Sunday School class, in a mission hall on the Shankill Road, Belfast. When I was seventeen, I was invited to help in a girls club in Mayo Street. Mr. Patterson, who was the Sunday School superintendent in Mayo Street, at the time, heard there was a new leader in the girls club and asked if I would be interested in Sunday School work. I attended an interview and the rest as they say is ‘history’.”
“Many of the girls from the girls club came to the Sunday School, and continue to come to this day, with their children and even their grandchildren. It seems that once a pupil in Mayo Street Sunday School, you are always a pupil!”
“I look after the pre-school age group each Sunday. We sing choruses, accompanied by our own wee band, listen to a Bible story and finish up with a bit of colouring in.”
“The reason I have turned up each Sunday for the past 40 years is not just to play the guitar and encourage everyone to sing. It is to tell the boys and girls, mums and dads, about the love that the Lord Jesus has for them, and the wonderful plan of salvation that He has provided for them. We thank God for every child that has come through the doors and appreciate their parents for sending them to hear about the things of God.”
Frances Strutt helps with the little ones in Sunday School and is the caretaker at Mayo Street. She is a dedicated member of Mayo Street Belfast City Mission Hall.
Mina Currie is the organist in Mayo Street and is a faithful member.
Cameron McCaw, Jenni McLaughlin, Rachel Goodwin, Julie Tracey, David Nesbitt and Ian Wilson are part of our Kids Club team!